Qatar Chamber chairman receives ICC ‘Merchant of Peace’ award


Qatar Chamber chairman Sheikh Khalifa bin Jassim al-Thani has received the International Chamber of Commerce’s inaugural ‘Merchant of Peace’ award in recognition for his “hard work” with the ICC.
The award was given to Sheikh Khalifa, who is also ICC Qatar chairman and ICC executive board member, at the ICC executive board dinner in the presence of Qatar Chamber director general Saleh bin Hamad al-Sharqi and ICC Qatar secretary general Remy Rowhani.

Also in attendance during the event were ICC chairman Sunil Mittal, ICC secretary general John Danilovich, and members of the ICC executive board, as well as members of the global ICC national committees.
The award was given to Sheikh Khalifa for his hard work and efforts with the ICC over the years, especially on the World Trade Agenda initiative, which is a joint initiative by ICC and Qatar Chamber to advocate for trade facilitation worldwide.

A hundred years ago, a group of French businessmen met to discuss means of promoting international trade and believed that such trade will result with global peace and prosperity for humanity.

They later on established the International Chamber of Commerce and they called themselves ‘merchants of peace’. Since then, the ICC has grown to be the world’s largest business organisation with over 6mn members worldwide. Today, the ICC has ‘Observer Status’ at the UN, which enables the organisation to have a seat and participate in the UN General Assembly as the voice of business. ICC is the only business organisation that has achieved ‘Observer Status’.

The ICC provides all the rules and tools of international trade, which are used by all the banks and businesses and global institutions. The chairmanship of ICC awards outstanding businessmen from around the world who have contributed to the cause of international trade with the title of ‘Merchant of Peace’.

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